F-150s Laying Down the Law in Michigan
Michigan police department use F-150s to train new officers, and highway enforcement.
Quite a few law enforcement agencies around the United States have opted to use Ford’s current and upcoming Explorer models to maintain law and order in their jurisdictions. It’s the fastest police vehicle around, provides comfort for those long waits at a given position, and offers fully loaded officers plenty of ease getting into and out of the vehicle.
Sometimes, though, law enforcement officers need more. Such is the case with the Canton Police Department of Canton Township, Michigan. According to Novi, Michigan newspaper Hometown Life, the organization has been testing a pair of F-150s for duties at home and on the road.
The F-150s, a 2017 XL 4×4, and a 2018 XL 4×4, have drawn the attention of the township’s residents, with a few asking for selfies with the cool black SuperCrew pickups. That said, they’re not doing any patrols in town due to their size. Yet.
Some eight months ago, the department purchased the 2018 Ford F-150 for patrolling in high-crime areas. With its ghost graphics, the police were able to remain stealthy, with police badging unseen unless a bright light were shined directly on the side.
However as cool the F-150 is, it just doesn’t make sense for day-to-day police work.
“We have a lot of subdivisions and it’s not the easiest thing to turn around inside a subdivision,” Canton Police Deputy Director Chad Baugh said. “Just for sheer efficiency, we couldn’t.”
Instead, the 2017 F-150 is used for traffic enforcement on the highways, and carries scales for weighing big rigs to make sure the loads they’re hauling don’t damage the road beneath. The newer model, meanwhile, is being used to haul special equipment, and for training new officers in case an emergency arises down the road.
“We’re finding that cars are somewhat being phased out,” Baugh said. “SUVs are where we’re headed.”
This is true for the Canton Police Department, as most of their fleet consists of the Explorer’s LEO brother, the Police Interceptor Utility; their K9 units use Chevys.
Because they have not yet struck the authoritative vibe that the Police Interceptor Utility has, some residents have not given them same treatment as they would a big SUV. Baugh adds that his department has to have “the trust of the people,” meaning the pair of F-150s will likely remain doing the grunt work for a while to come.